This week for my ILP was quite entertaining. It just so happened that my schedule conflicted with my teacher’s schedule, so I was self-instructed during my lesson time. My lesson consisted of me trying to figure out what videos my friend wanted me to watch in order to learn a new concept this week. I still am unsure if I watched the correct videos!
Besides the lack of instruction, I also felt like I kept running out of time to practice this week. Because it was midterm week, I lost all motivation to do anything until the last minute. My procrastination skills are strong, but my motivation levels are still low.
I did manage to practice a few times throughout the week, and I noticed that I was moving slightly backward in my learning. Last week, I had all of the songs memorized. This week, I had to look up the tabs for almost every song. When I did get used to playing again, it would take me a while to play a song through completely correct twice in a row. I eventually stopped when I could not play Ode to Joy no matter how hard I tried.
Another aspect of the self-instruction that happened this week was my progress on Amazing Grace. I have gotten better at playing this song which is probably why the rest of my songs are backtracking. However, there is still one triplet that I cannot play no matter how hard I try.
Overall, this week was an eye-opener for me. I realized that practice is the key to progress and success. I also realized how much I need a person pushing me to learn more or try new things in order to feel comfortable while doing them. The best part of practicing this week was playing in front of my friends because I was not as focused on my mistakes as I was on the sass flying throughout the room.
Hopefully, I will come back from break with more motivation than what I managed to find this week. I believe the lack of motivation is also a key to my abilities and care to learn. Because all motivation was gone, I did not even want to procrastinate my homework with guitar playing (like usual). Instead, I decided to nap or bother friends.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find the motivation to complete their ILP or increase their desire to learn?